Monster Hunter has always focused on armor and gear. The main reason to hunt a monster multiple times is to carve parts to get towards new armor and weapons. Quality gear is what keeps you alive when you take on powerful monsters. In Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, all monsters are quite powerful due to the difficulty of Master Rank. Do not you worry. That means the gear you can forge is also more formidable.
Our Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Weapons and Armor Guide provides tips and tricks for getting the most out of your equipment to really thrive on the hunt.
Best armor sets
You know the drill. As you play through quests and kill monsters, more set options come with the Smithy. During our copious amount of time we spent with Icebornewe̵
Here are the four best armor sets in it Iceborne
Viper Kadachi +
- Total Defense: 660
- Total fire defense: 5
- Total water defense: 15
- Total Thunder Defense: -15
- Total Ice Defense: -10
- Total Dragon Defense: 5
Each piece of Viper Tobi-Kadachi armor has 132 defenses, along with decent water resistance and mild dragon and fire resistance. The big appeal of the Viper Kadachi + armor is that it offers the Evade Extender ability, which greatly increases your rolling distance. In addition, you also get the Window Dodge ability, which increases invulnerability when dodging. Constitution reduces stamina depletion and Quick Sheath allows you to remove and store weapons a little faster. It also increases the skill of paralysis and poison attacks.
- Total Defense: 770
- Total fire defense: -15
- Total water defense: 10
- Total Thunder Defense: -5
- Total Ice Defense: 20
- Total Dragon Defense: -5
Unsurprisingly, the Velkhana set is one of the best armor sets IceborneIt also happens to look the coolest. Velkhana armor pieces have 154 defenses and are highly resistant to ice and water attacks. The skills of Velkhana armor, especially the set bonuses, make it an incredibly great option. Granted, you have to wait a while to unlock it, but it’s well worth the wait.
With a full set, you deal more elemental damage – regardless of element – when you land critical hits. The attack power increases when your weapon is sheathed and then decreases as you use it. On top of the set bonuses, you get Divine Blessing (has the chance to reduce damage), Defense Boost, Flinch Free (cancels recoil and trip), Critical Draw (100 percent critical hit chance when drawing a weapon), Quick Sheath, and Coalescence (amplifies attacks after removing status effects).
Anjanath lightning +
- Total Defense: 730
- Total fire defense: -5
- Total water defense: -5
- Total Thunder Defense: 10
- Total Ice Defense: -15
- Total Dragon Defense: 0
Fulgur Anjanath is a tough T. Rex, so it’s no surprise that his armor is one of the toughest in the world. IceborneA full set increases your stamina, which is especially useful with the icy Hoarfrost Reach. Elemental thunder damage has been increased. If you use Thunder-based weapons, this set will help you against Nargacuga, Tigrex, Viper Tobi-Kadachi, and other monsters that are weak to thunder. The best skill it offers is Weakness Exploit. When you hit weak points, you have a 30 percent affinity boost that turns to 50 percent when you hit injured areas. This armor also has the advantage of extending the duration of the item by 50 percent – an extremely useful skill when using consumables such as Armor Skins, Adamant Seeds, and Might Seeds.
As a bonus, you get a defense boost, stun resistance, recoil resistance, and improved dodge on status effects.
- Total Defense: 700
- Total fire defense: -10
- Total water defense: 10
- Total Thunder Defense: -15
- Total Ice Defense: 0
- Total Dragon Defense: 0
The Nargacuga set is great against water and has some excellent skills. If you want a full set, you get Nargacuga Essence, a useful ability that keeps your weapon sharp for much longer. For light weapon users, the Stamina Surge ability is a huge plus as it significantly increases stamina recovery. The Evade Window ability was mentioned earlier, but Nargacuga’s ability is unmatched at level five. You don’t have to worry about taking damage while dodging.
Focus on resistances
While we heartily recommend the four sets listed above, if you’re struggling with a sample, you may want to focus on resistors. Does Glavenus shake you with fire and blast damage? Make the Uragaan set to increase your fire resistance. Do you have problems with Barioth? Go back and work Banbaro materials to create a set that is more resistant to ice.
Look for bones and mine ore
Many non-monster-based armor sets and weapons require bone and ore to craft. See a pile of bones, search him. Walk past an ore? Get out your pickaxe and get to work. While monster sets tend to offer more skills, you can still forge a great set using just ore and bones. The advantage of this is that you don’t have to hunt monsters over and over to complete an armor set.
With Armor Spheres you can upgrade the overall defense of each armor piece. Complete bounties and missions to earn Armor Spheres. Master Rank brings Heavy Armor Spheres into the fold. Remember, you don’t have any excess of this unless you’re completing bounties all the time. With that in mind, we don’t recommend upgrading any armor you don’t think you’re wearing for more than a few quests. You want to save them to fully upgrade the sets you use most
Armor pieces have innate skills, but don’t forget to try on jeweled slots. Each armor and weapon can contain up to three jewels of three different sizes. The bigger the jewel, the more powerful the skill. Decorations are a great way to balance out weaknesses. If you choose armor that is particularly weak against one element, you can even level the scales by adding a jewel.
You earn jewels with every mission you complete Iceborne, but you can also report new ones to the Elder Reporter. Certain “+” mantles such as the Ghillie Mantle + can also be fitted with jewels, so don’t forget to access these from the Specialized Tools menu.
While we don’t recommend choosing gear based on the number of slots (or the size of the slots), it’s silly to venture into Hoarfrost Reach without adding skills to your gear with Decorations.
When it comes to Master Rank weapons, it’s more difficult to give a definitive list of what’s best. Each of the 14 weapons in World return Iceborne with Master Rank versions. Although their upgrade paths are linked with low / high rank, you don’t need to fully upgrade a weapon to unlock Master Rank versions. Instead, you can forge the starting Master Rank version of a weapon in that tree if you have enough zenni and the right parts.
Since Iceborne is an extension, you probably already have one or two favorite weapons of it WorldUse in whatever is most comfortable for you Iceborne
From there you have to decide which weapon tree to track. Your primary concern should be the overall damage from the attack. Keep in mind that these differ greatly between weapons. 400 attack with Dual Blades is excellent, but very poor with the Great Sword (well over 1,000).
But after attack damage, you’ll want to look at the three other core attributes: sharpness, affinity, and element.
The sharpness meter is confusing because it has six different colors, starting with white (sharpest) and ending in red (dull). After you sharpen a weapon, you have it at its sharpest, but as you use it, it naturally becomes less effective. When choosing between two weapons in the same class with comparable values, pay attention to sharpness. If you see a lot of white, blue and green, your weapon will be more effective between sharpening stones. If a significant portion of the gauge is occupied by red, orange and yellow (especially red), the blade will lose its effective sharpness more quickly.
Don’t worry too much about this statistic. A lot of weapons have zero percent affinity, even Master Rank weapons. But if you compare similar weapons and one has 20 percent affinity while the other has zero, remember that affinity is related to critical hits. An affinity of 20 percent is significant. This means that on average one in five swings will cause more damage. Critical hits are also more likely to stagger monsters. If you don’t have an affinity, you can increase this through armor skills and decorations.
This one is important. Elemental damage can drastically change the course of a battle. Each monster is critically weak to at least one element and somewhat weak to several. Almost every weapon has elemental damage: fire, water, ice, thunder, dragon, paralysis, poison, explosion, sleep, and so on.
As you progress Iceborne, you want to forge weapons that take advantage of weaknesses. You can check the Hunter’s Notes to see the weaknesses of monsters you have investigated.
Bowguns are the exception, as they have a deviation stat, rather than an element, which indicates how many bullets are removed from the reticle in flight.